This 24-inch beaded kumihimo jewelry has a whimsical touch! A quirky metal pendant with rhinestones in the shape of a pair of spectacles makes an ideal gift for a young girl or for an adult who wishes to make a quirky fashion statement.
The braided necklace has double beaded kumihimo jewelry ropes—a solid red one and a beaded cord in a black and white polka dot pattern. The spectacles are attached to both ends of the black polka dot rope.
Take Jewelry-Making to the Next Level with This Quirky Beaded Kumihimo Necklace
- You will want to use weighted bobbins to make it easy to place the beads, and a “kumi” counter-weight to help keep an even tension when working the braids in this fun beaded kumihimo jewelry making project.
- Before adding jewelry findings and end cones to the solid red beaded braid, loop it through the black one to form an attractive knot.
- Complete the necklace by attaching a silver chain and decorative lobster clasp.
“To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1a)
Get the Kids to Make Beaded Kumihimo Jewelry
Recently, I had loads of fun teaching two of my favorite kids how to make beaded kumihimo braids. We used colorful satin rattail cord to make bracelets.
I set aside a couple of hours to teach them how to measure and cut the threads, use bobbins, “Kumi weights” and how to work the foam kumihimo disk. Imagine my surprise when it took each of them only 15 minutes to learn the basics, and another 20 to 30 minutes to make a beautiful bracelet!
The tension and braiding were even and smooth. I remember that my first kumihimo project was not nearly as impressive–still, that’s youth for you!
To complete the lesson, I taught them how to add jewelry findings to finish the bracelet. Then I stepped back and watched them pick up more rattail cord and large hole beads this time to make a couple more beaded kumihimo bracelets on their own.